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Winterfest for the College Bound

High-School Boys Invitational

January 2-3, 2016

The Lacrosse Outreach Foundation is honored and excited to host another Winterfest for the College Bound. Student-Athletes participating in the event learn about the various levels and characteristics of collegiate lacrosse and gain invaluable insights into the recruiting process. In addition to the wealth of information provided during the event, the athletes will showcase their talents to college coaches, while playing in a two day highly competitive tournament. Every year we host the top high school club teams in the state augmented by select all-star teams.

ELITE HIGH SCHOOL CLUB TEAMS: Winterfest typically fields 16 teams as follows. Club teams representing high school 5A quarterfinalists and 4A Championship Teams are automatically invited. For Winterfest 2016, the following club teams have accepted our invitation: Arapahoe, Regis, Rock Canyon, Wheat Ridge, Mullen, Castleview, Grandview, East, and Valor Christian. 

 ALL STAR TEAMS: We are taking a different approach to forming All Star Teams this year. In the past we have formed them by region to give every qualified player in the state the opportunity to participate. The end result was not the caliber we were hoping for. This year we want teams to form on their own from those that believe they could be in the top 10 in 5A Colorado High School Lacrosse. If you have an interest in forming such a team please contact Ted Baruch. Ted would like to have a brief discussion with you on the type of players you are planning to roster. Please note that no player who plays for a high school club team who has entered Winterfest can play for anyone else at Winterfest without his high school club coach's permission. So far the Pike's Peak Lofers, Team Colorado U15, and Douglas County All Stars are forming teams and others will be added once we know how many of the aforementioned elite high school club teams are attending. 

All STAR REGISTRATION:   All Star space is limited, register soon. All Star Registration is $125/player.

We will close registration down for teams as they fill. In our efforts to best serve all participants, Lacrosse Outreach limits All-Star rosters to 24 spots.  In the event an All-Star team is overfilled with invited players, Lacrosse Outreach reserves the right to move or reject registrants at its sole discretion.  

HIGH SCHOOL CLUB REGISTRATION: If your team has been invited to Winterfest for the College Bound and you wish to accept please mail your registration form with a check  by 11/1/2015 by mailing in your Team Registration Form and a check. Registrations received after 11/11/2015  are subject to availability unless you contact Ted Baruch to work out an alternate timeline.

TOURNAMENT: Pool Play Games will be played Saturday January 2nd. Games can start as early as 8:00 am and end as late as 10:00 p.m. Teams will then be separated into two single elimination brackets to be played Sunday the 3rd of January between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.

WHERE: Foothills Indoor Sports Arena located at Hampden (285) & Kipling and the South Suburban Bubble just east of I-25 on Arapahoe.  See Field Locations

COLLEGES:  Winterfest is meant to give every player an orientation about the various levels of college lacrosse and how to know better where they fit in. The following colleges have or will be in attendance: Salisbury University, Immaculata University, Adams State, CU, CSU, Harford Community College, University of Saint Mary's Kansas, and St. Gregory's Oklahoma.

WINTERFEST FREE COLLEGE LACROSSE TALKS:   Friday, January 1st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in the Colorado Academy Dining Hall. Learn everything you need to know about getting into the college of your choice, current recruiting trends, recruiting dos and don'ts, and the characteristics of the various levels of college lacrosse and the commitment required at our "College Lacrosse Night". Panelists are Jim Berkman Head Coach from D3 Salisbury University, MD (the winningest coach in NCAA history), Hugh Donovan Head Coach  from D3 Immaculata Uiversity, PA, Aaron Verardi Head Coach from Harford Community College, MD, Matt Kimsey Head Coach from NAIA University of Saint Mary's, Kansas, and Brandon Hulett, intereim head coach at STLA Division 1 CSU.

WINTERFEST FREE COACH’S CLINIC:    A Wellness Coach will present a Nutrition and the Athlete talk, a must do for every player and their parents. Clinics will be held at Colorado Academy in the Saddler room on Saturday, January 2nd.  

EQUIPMENT DONATIONS NEEDED: Every year we conduct an equipment drive for an organization in eed of equipment. Tax deductible receipts will be available from the Lacrosse Outreach Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, at the equipment drop off at the Foothills Indoor Sports Arena.